Representative Sean Duffy was a cast member in Real World Boston, when that show was still interesting. Back then, Sean was the Midwestern boy who could beat any one of his roommates in competitive log rolling. Now, he’s GOP Representative Duffy of Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district.
But Sean still doesn’t live in the Real World. He got flak for bitching about his $174K/year salary. He can barely get by, you know. He is still paying off student loan debt, driving a used minivan, and is the sole breadwinner. Sorry, I misplaced my tiny violin.
He ran into people who live in the Real World at a Town Hall in Shell Lake, WI. Here is one exchange between Sean and a constituent:
CONSTITUENT: They count the cost to seniors if it goes into a voucher program, it’s going to be trillions of dollars for those young men like this guy in front.
DUFFY: It’s a premium support it’s not a voucher. The bottom line is if we do nothing, if we do nothing, you can all say this is all fine and dandy, you can get it and I know any young people here you can all get this program.
CONSTITUENT: I agree that if we do nothing we’re in trouble, that’s why we have to raise taxes on the rich, and raise taxes on the corporations who have never been richer than they have now. And you guys just cut their taxes again.
Watch Sean talk to real Real World people, not his GOP buddies in Congress. Enjoy! 🙂
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Which means I drank the right glass of Kool-Aid in 2008. 😛
“Some will argue we shouldn’t even consider raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It’s just an article of faith for them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don’t need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start. Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn’t be here without. That some of you wouldn’t be here without. And I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me. They want to give back to the country that’s done so much for them. Washington just hasn’t asked them to.”
Cue heads of Conservatives exploding.
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I was thinking about President Obama this morning. I love the guy, even though there are things he’s done as POTUS that I don’t agree with. After pondering what’s been going on, especially the last few months, I feel bad for him. Dude can’t seem to catch a break. In reverse chronological order (more or less):
Earthquake, tsunami, nuclear power plant, devastation
- Middle East
From Egypt to Yemen, the entire region has revolted. A country with an ally-dictator unseated and a country with an enemy-dictator who is hanging on to his until it’s taken from his cold, dead hands.
The working class is starting our own revolt
- Gas Prices
See Middle East
- Tuscon Shooting
Memorial and miraculous recovery (Thank God)
- START Treaty
It just had to expire during his presidency
- Bush Era Tax Cuts
They just had to expire during his presidency
- Midterm Shellacking
Congressmen, Senators, and Governors whose sole purpose in office/life is to make sure he doesn’t win in 2012
Oregon teenager, Fort Hood psychiatrist, Yemeni toner cartridges, Detroit underwear
- Iraq & Afghanistan
Insurgents and Insurgents
- Gulf Oil Spill
BP, compensation, regulation, moratorium
- Health Care
Repeal attempt, lawsuits
Earthquake, homelessness, cholera, devastation
He inherited the US’ and the world’s tanked economies
It seems like a larger-than-normal presidential crapload has happened/is happening in his term. I would have been curled up in a ball, in a corner, inconsolably crying by now. No, actually, I would have probably killed myself long before. That’s why I could never be POTUS. And why I wonder why anyone would want to be POTUS.
I don’t see it getting better anytime soon. Good luck Mr. President.
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